Key Points
  • Improve Farmers resilience: become more resilient and adaptable in the face of frequent changes to the policy landscape
  • Explore the UKs Trading Relationships post-Brexit: Developing new markets for trade and understanding the produce requirements for new territories
  • Assess Changing Consumer Trends in the Food Sector: Reviewing market signals such as the rise of vegetarianism and veganism and identifying potential market disruptors such as lab-grown meat and insects as a source of protein
  • Harmonise agriculture and environmentalism: Understanding the Benefits of Sustainability to Farm Survival while Mitigating Business Risk
  • Harness Emerging Technologies to Increase Productivity: Understanding the economic benefits to the use of technologies such as robotics, GPS guidance, remote sensing and camera recognition
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Overview

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Patrick Holden CBE, Director, Sustainable Foods Trust
  • William Bain, Policy Advisor - Europe and International, British Retail Consortium & former UK Member of Parliament
  • Senior Representative, Defra
  • Andrew Swift, CEO, Fera
  • Liz Bowles, Director of Farming, Soil Association
  • Andrew Griffiths, Head of Value Chain Sustainability, Nestle UK&I
  • Emily Norton, Head of Rural Research, Savills
  • Iris Krebber, Head of Agriculture and Land, Department for International Development (DFID)
  • Richard Perkins, Food, Agriculture and Land Use Specialist, WWF
  • David Bowles, Head of Public Affairs, RSPCA
  • Alistair Leake, Director of Policy & Allerton Project, Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust
  • Susan Twining, Chief Land Use Policy Adviser, CLA


    Westminster Insight’s timely Future of Farming Conference will unite key stakeholders, as you'll explore the policy landscape, the likely implications of Brexit and the Agriculture Bill.

    You will learn how new technologies, consumer trends and environmental concerns are impacting the farming community, and gain innovative approaches to a more progressive, profitable and sustainable environment for British farmers.

    Hear from Patrick Holden CBE, Director at Sustainable Foods Trust, who will offer practical solutions to harmonising agriculture and environmentalism to ensure we lower the carbon footprint.

    William Bain from the British Retail Consortium will explore how the UK can balance high farming standards with profitability and competitiveness with overseas markets.

    Experts from the sector will discuss the sustainability of current methods and progress towards a more sustainable system for farmers, as we’ll review the trend towards organic, ethically sourced and plant-based products, and the impacts on farmer’s production plans.

Agenda
Start

08:45 - 09:15
Registration and Networking

 

09:15 - 09:35
Chair Opening Remarks

 
  • Analysing the extent that the Agriculture Bill incentivises farmers, instils proportionate and flexible regulations and works in partnership with them
  • Exploring what support is on offer and how farmers can become resilient and adaptable in the face of frequent changes to the policy landscape

09:35 - 10:15
Keynote: Exploring the UK's Trading Relationships post-Brexit

 
  • Assessing the Profitability and Competitiveness of UK Agricultural Products in a post-CAP world
  • Developing new markets for trade and understanding the produce requirements for new territories
  • Forecasting whether the consumer can adapt to eating more seasonal food and how British farms respond to this - is the answer to simply 'Buy British'

Speakers

William Bain Policy Advisor - Europe and International, British Retail Consortium

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10:15 - 10:50
Assessing Changing Consumer Trends in the Food Sector

 
  • Reviewing market signals such as the rise of vegetarianism and veganism - sustainable production vs. sustainable consumption
  • Identifying potential market disruptors such as lab-grown meat and insects as a source of protein
  • Developing plant-based sources of protein for a developing meat-free demographic 

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Representative AHDB

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10:50 - 11:20
Networking Break

 

11:20 - 11:50
Keynote Address: Creating a Sustainable Agriculture Policy

 
  • Offering practical approaches to harmonising agriculture and environmentalism together
  • Reviewing the policy landscape around sustainable farming - e.g. the 25 Year Environment Plan
  • Embedding pro-environmental behaviours in farmers and understanding the three pillars for behaviour change; advice, incentive, and regulation

Speakers

Patrick Holden CBE Director, Sustainable Foods Trust

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11:50 - 12:40
Panel Session: Assessing the Benefits of Sustainability to Farm Survival

 
  • Embedding pro-environmental behaviours in farmers and understanding the three pillars for behaviour change; advice, incentive, and regulation
  • Assessing the value of the UK's Natural Capital to establish a proper value on environmental assets
  • Protecting wildlife and biodiversity and assessing the benefit for farmers by improving agricultural productivity potential
  • Exploring inclusive and sustainable agricultural development in developing countries overseas

Speakers

Representative Natural England

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Dr Alastair Leake Director of the Allerton Project, Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust

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Iris Krebber Head of Agriculture and Land, Department for International Development (DFID)

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Emily Norton Head of Rural Research, Savills

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12:40 - 13:20
Panel Session: Integrated Land Management and Promoting Progressive Methods of Production

 
  • Exploring what methods of production have the most potential to rebuild lost soil fertility, promote integrated nature conservation and create viable business models
  • Establishing integrated landscape management plans to conserve and restore the environmental impact of agriculture
  • Measuring impact and how best to communicate improvement in performance·         
  • Encouraging farms to reduce emissions such as nitrous oxide and methane emissions without compromising domestic production

Speakers

Susan Twining Chief Land Use Policy Adviser, Country Land and Business Association (CLA)

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Richard Perkins Food, Agriculture and Land Use Specialist, WWF

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Liz Bowles Head of Farming, Soil Association

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13:20 - 14:15
Networking Lunch

 

14:15 - 14:45
The Agriculture Bill in Practice

 
  • Assessing the benefits of leaving the CAP, such as an improved regulatory culture, better environmental outcomes and increased flexibility 
  • Exploring the building blocks for effective regulation to effectively achieve behaviour change 
  • Providing strong incentives, proportionate and flexible regulations and working in partnership with farmers  

Speakers

Representative Defra

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14:45 - 15:10
Retaining High Quality Produce and High Animal Welfare Standards

 
  • Ensuring that animal welfare standards are not compromised during Brexit and matching UK standards to overseas markets
  • Using repatriation of farm animal welfare policy as an opportunity to review and improve farm animal welfare and standards
  • Keeping close ties with the European Food and Safety Authority (EFSA) and the Panel on Animal Health and Welfare (AHAW)

Speakers

David Bowles Head of Public Affairs, RSPCA

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15:10 - 15:40
Harnessing Emerging Technologies to Increase Productivity

 
  • Using technological advances to increase yields and maximise farming productivity
  • Utilising agricultural data to make forecasts and to encourage more calculated decisions in all aspects of their production, from product ordering to crop tending
  • Understanding the economic benefits to the use of technologies such as robotics, GPS guidance, remote sensing and camera recognition

Speakers

Dr Andrew Swift CEO, Fera Science Ltd.

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15:40 - 15:45
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

End

Speakers

Representative AHDB

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William Bain Policy Advisor - Europe and International, British Retail Consortium

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David Bowles Head of Public Affairs, RSPCA

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Liz Bowles Head of Farming, Soil Association

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Representative Defra

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Andrew Griffiths Andrew Griffiths, Head of Value Chain Sustainability, Nestle UK&I

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Patrick Holden CBE Director, Sustainable Foods Trust

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Iris Krebber Head of Agriculture and Land, Department for International Development (DFID)

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Dr Alastair Leake Director of the Allerton Project, Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust

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Representative Natural England

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Emily Norton Head of Rural Research, Savills

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Richard Perkins Food, Agriculture and Land Use Specialist, WWF

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Dr Andrew Swift CEO, Fera Science Ltd.

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Susan Twining Chief Land Use Policy Adviser, Country Land and Business Association (CLA)

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Venue details

Central London


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